Simplified Revision and Publication of the IPC

The revision will enter into force from the 1st january 2011 onwards. The crucial points are listed below; the details are published on WIPO website

Business booms for Canadian knitter after BP oil spill

4 June 2010, Exeter, Ontario – Canadian warp and circular knitter Syfilco Ltd has reported its business is booming following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Syfilco, a family business founded in the 1970s manufactures knitted polyester fabric sleeves and polyethylene netting sleeves that are filled with absorbent materials to create booms used to contain the spill in the Gulf.

Centexbel recognized by Certifer

In 2009, Centexbel has participated in the round robin burning behaviour tests organised by Certifer (French railways), and more in particular on the ISO standards (cone calorimeter, smoke box and radiant panel). Because Centexbel is accredited for these methods and because we obtained an excellent result in this round robin, Certifer recognizes us as a competent laboratory. We will participate in the round robin test of this year.

CE-marking for wall and ceiling coverings

The CE marking of wall and ceiling coverings is part of the EU construction products directive 89/106/EC of 21.12.1988. The EU legislation considers wall and ceiling coverings as building materials (just like floor coverings). Thererfore they are part of the EU directive and thus of the application field of CE-marking.

Does OHIM refund budget surplus?

The costs related to the Registration of European Marks might be partially refunded.

The OHIM (Office for harmonization in the Internal Market) has made a proposition regarding the accumulated surplus of approximately 300 million Euros.

Term of validity of PPE CE type examinations

Until today we assumed that a CE-type examination was valid for as long as the PPE itself or the legal basis (the European Directive 89/686) remain unchanged.

Especially in view of the revision of the European standards, it has become much more complex to extend or to make additions to existing type examinations without questioning the original certificate (sometimes more than 10 years old).

Community Ecolabel for textile floor coverings

The European Commission has established the ecological criteria for the award of the Community Ecolabel for textile floor coverings (2009/967/CE).
Download the Commission decision of 30 November 2009 (published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 17/12/2009).

Classification agreement

OHIM and WIPO sign classification agreement

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and OHIM, the trade marks and designs registration office of the European Union, have reached an important agreement on future cooperation on trade mark classification, which has the potential to lead to a huge expansion of the number of commonly accepted terms for goods and services in IP offices worldwide.

New European Toys Directive much stricter!

The 20 year old Toy directive 88/378/EEC has been replaced by the new European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC that came into force on July 20, 2009. This new directive reckons amongst others with the many novelties that have been introduced on the toy market during the past 20 years.

Simplified design registration

Member States Simplify International Design Registration System
Member states moved on September 24, 2009 to simplify the international design registration system by suspending the earliest of the three Acts that govern the Hague Agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs. This decision will streamline the administration of the Treaty which offers the possibility to protect designs in several countries by filing one single application (in one language with one set of fees in one currency - Swiss francs). The Hague system also simplifies the subsequent management of industrial design rights.